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Oct 21, 2012 4:03pm EDT
with these individuals, a common theme kept coming up -- all of the same words were being used. i am not sure if someone was using it on a talk show -- i am not sure what to explain this, but people would say, "what i'm worried about most is losing a thing that makes america great." i would ask what that is, and they would say, "america is the place where you can be whatever it is you want to be." they often would caveat this and point out that that is no guarantee of success. a lot of them have started businesses that have failed. but they also said that what it does mean is it is a guarantee of opportunity to try -- to try to succeed, to try and perhaps fail, and that this ideology i had not really encountered with any of the other groups that i had studied in my own professional research. i just say that this helps explain a lot of their other positions, especially their strong economic conservatism and their fiscal conservatism. if you have a view that things are generally fair, that we work in a meritocracy, that hard work pays off, that income redistribution may seem less necessary or even justifi
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